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Octodon degus

Degu Gallery

About the Degu


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Octodontidae
Genus: Octodon
Species: degus

Degus are small, active rodents that resemble gerbils. They can grow up to 1.5 feet long, including their tails, and weigh between .3 and .65 pounds. Degus are social animals and dig communal burrow systems. They have a tolerance for low oxygen content, so they’re able to live in mountainous regions (western slopes of the Andes Mountains, in particular). Degus are creatures of many names: they’re known as brush-tailed rats, Chilean squirrels, and trumpet-tailed rats.